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  • US energy policy stalled in election-year muck. The 2004 presidential election campaign has, famously, gone down-and-dirty early on (with much more potent mudslinging to come). Yet, from a Washington viewpoint, the campaign has richly comedic aspects. With the economy and terrorism dominating center stage, energy (with one possible exception) seems unlikely to be a campaign player. The revised energy bill on the Hill (S. 2095, or the "No Lobbyist Left Behind Bill," as some prefer) is not going anywhere this year. This is despite the best efforts of Senate Minority Leader Tom Daschle (Democrat – South Dakota), whose home state would benefit from the bill's ethanol market mandates, as well as Sen. Pete Domenici (Republican – New Mexico), chairman of the Senate Energy Committee. Other senators also have interests in that earlier incarnation that became a $31-billion pork feast.


    John McCaughey, Contributing Editor, Washington

    US energy policy stalled in election-year muck

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